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    Illinois Skills Match provides you with the information you need to make the most of Illinois’ Official Job Search website.

    SKILLSMATCH Illinois Skills Match Guide Find out what free services are available at Illinois’ Skill Match.

    Get free computer access to search for jobs.

    Find how to create free professional resumes

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    Learn about Illinois Unemployment Web Site.

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    IDES Illinois Skills Match GuideThe Illinois Department of Employment Security has specific programs for unemployed workers. Find out which programs you qualify for.

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    If you have lost your job due to no fault of your own and are struggling to make ends meet, you may qualify for unemployment benefits and free job search services. The Illinois Department of Employment Security has programs designed to provide you the income you need, help you retrain for jobs in high demand in Illinois and access to the best job search forums.

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    Illinois Jobs

    In May, Illinois had an unemployment rate of 10.1%.  This is over half a percent higher than the national average.  This information is provided by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.  Data is based on areas with a population of at least 25,000.

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    Illinois Skills Match Offices
    The Illinois Skills Match Offices offer a wide choice of employment and training options that will provide help to job seekers, who are hoping to find a new or better job.

    You can use the Illinois Skills Match services to find local jobs in the Illinois workforce. Using a series of State development professionals who are from diverse partner agencies, they act together to provide some really great Job services. The Illinois Skills Match Offices also provide businesses with information on how to tap the wide variety of skilled people in Illinois looking for work.

    The Illinois Skills Match services are aimed at adults (over 18), and provide a lot free services to those career seakers. The Illinois Skills Match Career Centers are a highlight for anyone seeking work in Illinois.

    Several services that Illinois Skills Match offers are
    – Free computer access to search for jobs
    – information and guidance on New career paths
    – Help in updating/creating new resumes
    – Assistance in the best places to find new jobs
    – Government resources on training and education

    To find the Illinois Skills Match Career Center nearest you, visit one of the many Illinois Skills Match Offices in your state

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    res Free Resume Services For Unemployment Recipients In IllinoisThe resume is often the starting point for any job search. The resume is used to help land a job search. A properly written resume is essential for people unemployed but looking for work. Some people may not need assistance in developing their own resume. Others may need some help in getting their’s completed. The background of some individuals may make writing a resume difficult as well. There may be gaps in employment history due to different reasons. People may not have completed college or left an employer under difficult circumstances. People on unemployment often do not have the resources to pay for professional writing services for their resume. The Illinois  Department of Employment Security can provide these services to people who need them.

    The Illionois Job Link program helps job seekers buils and post an online resume. Users can create an account and follow the online tools for assistance. The benefits of the program are:

    You can control the active status of your resume on Resume, Preferences, Days to Expire. To make your resume inactive, change the number of days to zero. You may want to do this if you are no longer looking for a job.

    The department also publishes the Job Link Resource Room Brochure which shows how to publish the resume online. Users need to:

    1. Contact Info and Target Job (Under Disclosure level it is recommended you check “Public” – potential employers will then be able to see your resume).
    2. Confirm Occupation
    3. Work Experience
    4. Education and Additional Info
    5. My References
    6. Review & Save / Print

    After completing the appropriate fields in each step click on “Next Step”. The department website also has examples of resumes on their website. They also hold resume and interview workshops in their offices and community groups across the state. Users can also control which employers view their resume and the active status of their resume.

    Having an electronic resume has advantages over the traditional paper resume. They are readable by any computer system. They can be easily transferred from email to an employer’s database. It is accessible to several employers who receive electronic resumes. Distribution is also easier where many resumes can be sent out in a fraction of the time in comparison to the regular mail.

    In addition to selected employers, the electronic resume can also be sent to various job boards for wider distribution. Boards like Monster.com and indeed make uploading the electronic resume simple. There are also regional help wanted services throughout the state of Illinois that can be accessed. Many of these sites allow the resume to be uploaded for local employers to review.

     

     

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    illinois Outreach Programs With The Illinois Department of Employment Security

    The United States Department of Labor recently reported that initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell by 2, 000 to a seasonally adjusted number of 351,000. this was down from the prior weeks number of 353,000. This has been the lowest level since March of 2008. This comes from a decrease in new jobless claims from the previous month in February. Numbers may mean that fewer people are being laid off.  Efforts by state programs to target populations in need have help attributed to the decrease in numbers.

    The Illinois Deprtment of Employment Security has set up programs to assist unemployment recipients. These services are for different populations including laid off workers, veterans, seniors, and local community groups. Specialized programs help to focus on the needs of particular clients with different needs.

    Lasy year about this time unempemployment among returning veterans was double digits near fifteen percent. Added to this, people who lost jobs or were laid off after serving their country in the military are among those unemployed. In response, the Illinois Department of Employment Security makes veterans a  priority in service. Staff  work to connect veterans with the appropriate job and job training. Each office is assigned a Veterans’ employment representative, a fellow Veteran who is a specialist in providing employment services in caertain area. The representative also can refer  to job training programs with  partner agencies and assist with job search needs. IDES provides eligible Veterans with intensive services to help identify and overcome employment barriers. Examples include, but are not limited to, coordination and outreach with other State agencies and one-on-one employment assistance.

    In addition, post-9/11 Veterans, the Gold Card Program may provide eligible Veterans with:

    Illiois is also offering services for older workers. More older workers are in the workforce than ever before. Many are also deciding to retire later.  Older workers who are laid off face the prospect of a tough job market and competition with older workers. There are benefits to hiring workers that are older including:

    Individuals with disabilities also face lay offs. The state of Illinois provides services for these individuals. Everything from benefit panning and advocacy,  job opportunities and training,  and finding resources can be found on Illinois workNet.  Studies have shown that 87% of the public prefers to support businesses who hire people with disabilities.

     

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    illinois1 300x177 Illinois Job Search Requirements While Receiving Unemployment

    People who lose their jobs through no fault of their own find thenmselves with a loss of income. They still need to pay for their homes, feed their families, and meet their basic needs. Unemployment insurance is a benefit set up to help people meet their needs until they find new employment. It is a temporary measure that helps fill gaps until people can get back on their feet.

    In the state of Illinois, unemployment insurance is meant to be a temporary benefit. Recipients are expected to be able to work and actively seeking employment. There are several requirements for recipients in regard to their job search. People on unemployment should be looking for employment and keep connected with their counselor or agency representative regarding any changes. While on unemployment, recipients must keep several requirements in mind:

    1. You must be actively be looking for a job. You must register for work with the Illinois Employment Service, either online or in person. Their offices may have contacts and listings of possible job leads. Being registered can help with the job search process.

    2. You must make at least 2 job contacts per week. Job contacts include filling out job applications and sending resumes. Many companies now only accept online applications. Consult regulations for this in regard to the job search with material given to you or with an agency represntative.

    3. You must keep a record of all of your job search activities, including a record of all job contacts, the dates you applied and places you apply for work. When you apply for benefits, you will receive a form on which to record this information which you may have to provide to the agency on a regular basis. A review of certification forms that each claimant must maintain can occur where recipients must document their work search efforts.

    4. You must not be disabled. If you become disabled there are different programs available to help you and your unemployment counselor or local unemployment office can direct you to those resources. If you are disabled you must contact the Illinois office so they are aware of this.

    Unemployment recipients must fufill these job search requirements each week. They should be prepared to provide a weekly verfifcation so  the unemployment office knows they are meeting all of the requirements. The  job search records must be up to date. Recipients may be called into their local unemployment office for a periodic eligibility review with an agency representative.

    While looking for employment, Illinois residents can take advantage of public offices that assist with the job search. The state has several agencies and webstes that help recipients with the job search. One of these sites is Illinois Job Link. (http://www.ides.illinois.gov/page.aspx?module=10&item=2375) The site provides tools and resources such as job search events and fairs in local areas of the state. Information on workshops and new publications are also available.  This site provides information to job seekers in areas like:

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